Frank Schaeffer has written that “The arts, cultural endeavors, enjoyment of the beauty of both God’s creation and of man’s creativity — these creative gifts have in our day been relegated to the bottom drawer of Christian consciousness, despised outright as unspiritual or unchristian. This deficiency has been the cause of many unnecessary guilt feelings and much bitter fruit, taking us out of touch with the world God has made, with the culture in which we live, and making us ineffectual in that culture.” We believe that Mr. Schaeffer is correct in his evaluation of evangelical Christians and the arts. At Cambridge we offer classes in the arts both as a corrective and as an opportunity for all our students to more fully understand and enjoy the Christian life through an appreciation and participation in the arts. Toward this end, we offer year-long classes, workshops and free offerings that include film nights, reading groups, Woven Image and community seminars stressing the arts. We encourage adults and younger students to full advantage of these offerings.
The goal of glorifying God spares Christian artists … from either overvaluing or undervaluing their artistic experiences. ~ Leland Ryken
Mae Jemison on Teaching the Arts and Sciences Together: In 1992, Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to go into space. She’s become a crusader for science education — and for a new vision of learning that combines arts and sciences, intuition and logic.
Ken Robinson on Schools and Creativity: Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.